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August 9, 2011
Michael Kasprowicz, the former Australian fast bowler, has been chosen by Queensland Cricket to replace Matthew Hayden as one of the state's representatives on the board of Cricket Australia.
Currently the president of the Australian Cricketers Association, 39-year-old Kasprowicz will step down from his position with the players' union, and will add valuable perspective to the CA board at a time when it is about to consider the findings of the Don Argus-led review into the performance of the Australian team.
The review is expected to table its findings at CA's next board meeting on August 18-19.
Hayden was required to leave his position on the boards of QC and CA after returning to playing ranks as a member of the Brisbane Heat's inaugural Twenty20 Big Bash League squad.
His return to the batting crease has opened a door for Kasprowicz, who had ended his playing days as a participant in the ICL T20 competition in 2008, before taking up the ACA presidency in November 2010.
An amendment to the QC constitution made last year means that neither of the state's CA directors are permitted to sit on the state board, in a sign of the game's future governance direction. A review of the game's outmoded board structure is also being conducted by the corporate and sporting governance experts David Crawford and Colin Carter.
Upon taking the ACA post, Kasprowicz had said managing the introduction of the BBL, set to begin this December, would be one of the key tasks ahead of cricket administrators.
"That's something pretty exciting in Australian cricket," he said last year. "It's a great thing that we can take the game further, certainly at domestic level. What [the Big Bash League] provides for all the players is more opportunities to get noticed with eight teams in place. There are so many good outcomes that I think everything is looking forward."
Kasprowicz claimed 113 wickets in 38 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2006.
Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Daniel Brettig
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